Monday, August 5, 2013

Home and Inspired

Monday morning greetings from Chicago.

So sorry to have not posted the last few days of the NPM convention last week. The days were packed; early starts and very late finishes.

Our WLP music showcase was Wednesday evening. Here are a few photos I took from the stage as the participants sang our music:




All in all, I felt that the convention was a good one for the participants. These musicians are real troopers, let me tell you. They begin their days early and each evening they were riding buses all over the city to attend various musical events.

I was so proud of our staff, musicians, clinicians, and composers who really are the heart and soul of WLP. They work so hard to provide the very best for the singing, praying, and initiating Church.

Yesterday I went to Mass at Old Saint Pat's in my neighborhood, pictured here:





Fr. Ed Foley was the celebrant and homilist. Fr. Foley prayed the prayers from the Missal so beautifully and prayerfully. I was drawn in, especially during the collect:

Draw near to your servants, O Lord,
and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness,
that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide,
you may restore what you have created
and keep safe what you have restored.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Fr. Foley has an easy and unpretentious style as a celebrant; this helped make these prayers sound so genuine and inspiring. In a word, praying these prayers with Ed Foley was a delight.

I hope that your Sunday experience was as rich.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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